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I keep hearing about understaffing at nursing homes and to be aware of this factor when deciding on a home for my elderly father. How will understaffing affect the care he gets?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

When a nursing home doesn’t have enough staff to properly care for patients and properly attend to their needs, the nursing home is understaffed. Unfortunately, this is a huge issue in the nursing home industry. Sadly, many nursing home companies don’t hire enough employees because they prioritize money over patient care. When nursing homes… Read More »

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Who should be held responsible when a nursing home resident is abused by another resident?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Liability for any abuse that occurs on the grounds of a nursing home facility should be placed with the nursing home. Nursing homes are supposed to have the proper security and protocols to be able to protect their residents. In addition, when nursing homes have enough staff on hand, abusive incidents between residents would… Read More »

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How common of a problem is sexual abuse in Florida nursing homes?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

According to a recent study by researchers at Cornell University, one in five nursing home residents were abused by other residents in some form, such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse. Out of those abused by other residents, one percent were sexually abused at the hands of other residents. The truth of… Read More »

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If my mother fell and suffered permanent mental trauma, can we hold the nursing home liable for her accident?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

You more than likely have a claim for nursing home negligence. Nursing homes are supposed to provide fall-risk assessments, but they often fail to do so. As a result, some nursing home residents who need certain beds or medical equipment to help prevent them from falling aren’t given what they need or aren’t monitored… Read More »

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What Should I Do If I Suspect My Mother Is Not Being Given The Correct Medications Within Her Broward County Nursing Home?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Nursing home residents readily admit that they are prescribed more medications than they care to be. The issue that truly arises in many situations is that these same patients are being administered multiple doses beyond their doctor’s prescription, as well as others that they have never been prescribed. Below is a list of medication… Read More »

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What Qualities Should I Look For In A Broward County Nursing Home?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Answer: Qualified nursing homes require five-star training, which begins with preventing abuse.  Although nursing home abuse and neglect is not an issue that anyone is comfortable thinking about, it has become highly prevalent in most facilities. When multiple problems arise in a nursing home, it’s most likely due to one major underlying deficiency: Staffing…. Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between A Nursing Home And Assisted Living?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

Outside of a hospital, a skilled nursing home is intended to offer the highest level of care. Skilled nursing homes provide 24-hour supervision that also provides meals, activities, and special assistance for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. An assisted living facility is for seniors who are able to manage taking care of themselves… Read More »

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What Can I Do To Make Sure My Aging Parent Isn’t Financially Exploited In A Broward County Nursing Home?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

We entrust our elderly loved ones to nursing homes to care for them, not to exploit them. Sadly, there have been cases of nursing assistants or other nursing home workers who have stolen money, valuables, and personal items from nursing home residents. What’s unfortunate is that financial abuse in Florida nursing homes is far… Read More »

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When Should My Siblings And I Consider Putting Our Elderly Parent In A Nursing Home?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

This is undoubtedly a tough decision for you to make. It can be very difficult and overwhelming to say the least when deciding what to do for your aging parent. Choosing a nursing home is often the last resort for families to make after the following has been considered: Having your parents live with… Read More »

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Why Do Fatal Medication Errors In Nursing Homes Happen?

By David M. Benenfeld, P.A. |

A: Sadly, there are many medication mistakes that cause injuries and even death to residents in nursing homes. Because elderly patients often do not keep track of their own medication, they rely on the nurses to do this for them. Nurses have many things on their plate and many patients to care for. This… Read More »

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